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"The Lorelei Signal" was the fourth episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series. It was produced in TAS' first season and debuted on 29 September 1973. The episode was directed by Hal Sutherland and written by Margaret Armen, who also authored the TAS episode "The Ambergris Element" along with three TOS episodes and one Star Trek: Phase II episode. Appearing in Star Trek: Log Two in August 1974, it was the fifth episode to be novelized by Alan Dean Foster.

In this story, James T. Kirk, Spock, Leonard McCoy and Carver suffered from hyper-aging.

Publisher's description[]

VHS teaser
The male crew members of the USS Enterprise react strangely to a siren-like distress call from a planet of females. When the officers become captives on the planet, Lt. Uhura assumes command of the ship.

Log entries[]

Episode log entries[]

Captain's log, stardate 5483.7. The Enterprise is en route through an unfamiliar sector of space where a series of Earth Federation ships have disappeared mysteriously during the last 150 years. Recent joint discussions with the Klingon and Romulan Empires have revealed that a starship has disappeared in this sector precisely every 27.346 star years.

Ship's log, stardate 5483.8. Engineering Officer Scott in command. We are in orbit around planet two in the Taurean system. Probes and sensors indicate there was once a vast civilization here. Lovely. Lovely. However, life readings are sparse and concentrated. Captain Kirk is beaming down with a scouting party to investigate.

Captain's log, stardate 5483.9. The beauty of this place is unequaled. It's the answer to all of man's dreams. Exquisite in every way. We're here to investigate, to investigate... The women radiate delight.

Ship's log, supplemental. Lieutenant Uhura recording. Due to Chief Engineering Officer Scott's euphoric state of mind, I am assuming command of the Enterprise, I accept full responsibility for my action. A detailed account will be recorded later.

Ship's log, supplemental. Lieutenant Uhura commanding. We have assembled an all-female rescue party in accordance with Mr. Spock's request.

Novelization log entries[]

Captain's log, stardate 5483.7. The Enterprise has been ordered to provide standard escort for a small convoy of ore carriers heading toward Carson's World. Said ore carriers are to pick up and then transport to Bethulia III four million metric tons of heavy chromium and other duralloy ores. This shipment of alloy ores is necessary to the development of the burgeoning metals industry on Bethulia III, and to the planned construction next fiscal Starfleet year of two and possibly three new deep-space starships. In view of the Federation-Klingon Treaty of 5260 [sic] limiting offensive weaponry in this quadrant of space, it appears –

Ship's log ... stardate 5483.8. Chief Engineer Scott in command. We are continuing to hold standard orbit around a planet in the Taurean system. Probes and sensors utilized subsequent to the departure of the landing party indicate there was once a vast civilization here. However, life readings of any kind were sparse and concentrated. Captain Kirk has beamed down with others to investigate. Oh, fantastic!

Captain's log, stardate 5483.9. The beauty of this place is unequaled. It's the answer to all a man's secret desires, private fantasies, dreams. Exquisite in every way. We're here to investigate... here to investigate. To investiga... The women themselves radiate delight.

Ship's log, supplemental. Lieutenant Uhura recording. Due to Chief Engineer Scott's euphoric state of mind, which precludes effective direction, I am assuming command of the Enterprise in the absence of senior officers Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. I accept full responsibility for my actions. A detailed account of the events leading up to and dictating this action will be entered later.

References[]

Characters[]

Episode characters[]

Arex Na EthCarverChristine ChapelDaraDavisonJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluTheelaNyota UhuraUSS Enterprise computerunnamed USS Enterprise personnel (2260s) (security guards)

Novelization characters[]

Arex Na EthCarverChristine ChapelDarahDavidsonJames T. KirkJohn KyleJulianna van LeeuwenhookLewisLeonard McCoyHondo McDuffMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluTadakiTheelaNyota UhuraVierne
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Albert EinsteinWolfgang Amadeus MozartShiboline M'RessAnne NoredCarter Winston (Vendorian)Weems

Starships and vehicles[]

Episode starships and vehicles[]

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class)

Novelization starships and vehicles[]

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • ore carriers
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escortfrigateStormbird-class Romulan battlecruisersVulcan peaceforcer car

Locations[]

Episode locations[]

Taurean systemTaurus II

Novelization locations[]

KinshasaSector 4423/Cicada sector (Taurean systemTaurus II) • Valeria system (ValeriaValeria orbital supply station)
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Bethulia IIICarson's WorldDarius IVDemeter system (Dryad) • Dervish outpostEarthMantillesRifton (Starfleet Science Center) • Romulan Neutral ZoneVendorVulcan

Races and cultures[]

Episode races and cultures[]

HumanTaureanEdosian or TriexianVulcan

Novelization races and cultures[]

HumanTaureanEdosian or TriexianVulcan
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Romulan

States and organizations[]

Klingon EmpireRomulan Star EmpireStarfleetStarfleet ScienceUnited Federation of Planets

Science and technology[]

astrogationchronometercommunicatorcomputercortropinedeflectordeflector shield generatorFeinberg receiverfood processorheadbandholographyhyposprayintercomlaser cannonlibrary computerlife supportlife support beltlog torpedolura-magmedical tricordermedikitmedtablemicrotapeopto-audOyyaphaserportable surgical probescannersensorsensor probestimulantsubspace communicationsubspace radiosurgical laserTaurean headbandtransportertransporter computertricorderturboliftviewscreenweapon

Units of measurement[]

cosekdayhourlight yearminuteparsecquadrantsecondsectorwarp speed (warp seven) • year

Ranks and titles[]

admiralcaptainchief engineerchief medical officercommunications officerdoctorengineerensignFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)head nursehelmsmanlieutenantnurseofficerpoliticianrankscience officersecurity guardsecurity officerStarfleet rankssubengineertechniciantransporter chiefvice admiralweatherman

Other references[]

alert status (yellow alert) • architectureassignment patchatmosphereatombeambrain patternbridgebursitisbushcaptain's logcavechromiumcicadacitycivilizationcoordinatescrystaldistress calldrumestrogenFederation-Klingon TreatyfishingflowerfungusG type stargalaxyguitarhallucinationheadachehospitalhyper-aginginsectionospherelife forcelifeformlightningloglogicmagnetismmagnolia treemarriagemetalmetermetric tonmillimetermineralmoleculemountainmusicnectarorbitorchidparasiteparthenonplantpsychokinesisquarantineradiationrainSaurian brandyscouting partyshore leaveshuttle baysickbayspacespeciesstar mapStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)stonestunsubspaceTaurean nectartelepathytransporter roomtreeuniverseurnVulcan marriage drumVulcan tassanWelsh language

Appendices[]

Background[]

Novelization details[]

  • The novelization was set in January 2270, continuing after the events of the prior novelization, "The Survivor", which took place around Christmas 2269, with Carter Winston (Vendorian) being dropped off in the Valeria system with Anne Nored as his security guard. The Enterprise crew spent nine days there on shore leave, then headed out after the new year on a mission to escort a fleet of ore ships before being assigned to investigate the Cicada sector.
  • Kirk's log cited an unusual year, 5260, for the date of the signing of the Organian Peace Treaty.
  • Only a dozen Taurean women lived on the planet.
  • Dara was spelled Darah in the novelization, Davison was spelled Davidson, and the opto-aud was given the name of Oyya. Seductive transmissions were broadcast by a device called the lura-mag.
  • Immediately after dropping off the Taurean women on Kinshasa, the Enterprise proceeded to Phylos.

Related stories[]

Timeline[]

Chronology[]

22nd century 
Taurean colony established, radiation killed men, sterilized women.
c. 2133 
A starship disappeared in the Cicada sector.
c. 2160 
A second starship disappeared in the sector precisely 27.346 star years later.
c. 2187 
A third starship disappeared sector precisely 27.346 star years later.
2215 
A fourth starship disappeared in the sector precisely 27.346 star years later.
2242 
A fifth starship disappeared in the sector precisely 27.346 star years later.
2267 
Federation-Klingon Treaty signed.
2269 
Enterprise brought Taurean colony survivors to the medical facilities on Kinshasa.

Connections[]

published order
Previous episode:
The Survivor
TAS episode produced Next episode:
One of Our Planets Is Missing
Previous episode:
One of Our Planets Is Missing
TAS episode aired Next episode:
More Tribbles, More Troubles
Previous story:
The Survivor
Log Two
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Next story:
The Infinite Vulcan
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Survivor
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
Witness for the Defense
Previous Adventure:
The Survivor
Pocket Next Adventure:
The Infinite Vulcan


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